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Issue #1822      May 16, 2018

Israel – Terrorist state

Israeli troops’ wanton slaughter of unarmed protesters serves as a fitting reminder of the inhuman treatment meted out to Palestinians since being driven off their land to facilitate Israel’s establishment 70 years ago.

Israeli forces shot and killed at least 55 Palestinians and wounded more than 1,200 during mass protests last Monday along the Gaza border. A few kilometres away Israel and the US held a festive inauguration ceremony for the establishment of a new US embassy in Jerusalem.

International disregard for hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees scattered to the four winds by the Zionists’ superior armed forces is again mirrored in bourgeois media coverage of the killings.

Israeli daily Haaretz headlined in the early afternoon: “Jerusalem Embassy and Gaza Protests. 41 Palestinians Reported Killed by Israeli Gunfire at Border. Over 1,600 wounded, 772 from live gunfire.”

This lays bare the reality of a one-sided massacre, in which one Israeli soldier was slightly hurt by a stone while soldiers of “the most moral army in the world” fired live rounds freely against civilians because political and military leaders would back them regardless.

Unarmed Palestinians are fully entitled to demonstrate for the right of refugees to return to the homes they were driven from in 1948 and several times since. This right is enshrined in United Nations resolution 194.

Every single Palestinian casualty shot by live rounds, wounded by rubber-coated steel bullets or disabled by gas grenades incurred their injuries in Gaza. Not a single one had crossed into Israel, despite the hysteria of Zionist politicians, security service and military top brass.

While Israeli soldiers conducted their unrestrained butchery across the border, displaying their moral superiority by killing unarmed children, women and men, government ministers boasted of their achievement in having the Trump administration further display its contempt for international law by shifting the US embassy to Jerusalem.

As with the massacre of at least 52 civilians yesterday and over 1,200 wounded by gunfire, US recognition of occupied East Jerusalem as part of Israel’s capital city does not make it lawful.

Nor does Trump’s plan to impose, alongside Israel, a “peace” settlement on the Palestinians.

The Catastrophe

For Palestinians living under Israeli occupation and others in exile throughout the world, May 15 marks what Palestinians call Al Nakba. The words Al Nakba mean The Catastrophe in Arabic; it is used to describe the destruction and depopulation of the Palestinian cities, towns and villages during the creation of Israel on the historic land of Palestine in 1948.

May 15 is the day that started the forced displacement by Zionist paramilitaries of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes and lands and destroyed their villages, killed and injured thousands of Palestinians in order to establish the colonial settler state of Israel in the historic land of Palestine in 1948.

During the period 1947-1949, Zionist terror militias and Israeli military forces ethnically cleansed large areas of Palestine, dispossessed more than 750,000 Palestinians, destroyed or depopulated more than 450 towns and villages and committed at least 24 massacres. About half of the displaced Palestinians were forcibly uprooted from their homeland due to vicious military assaults. Others fled their homes in fear after appalling massacres were carried out by Zionist terror gangs at Dier Yassin, Tantura and other places.

Today, there are more than 7 million Palestinian refugees globally. These Palestinian refugees are still waiting to return to their homeland, while living in very difficult conditions in dozens of refugee camps in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and the Arab world.

Each year Palestinian Arab cities, towns, villages and refugee camps in Palestine and elsewhere hold a general-strike, closing their stores, workshops and schools, to launch massive marches, rallies, protest actions and other Nakba events.

On December 11, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly, issued resolution number 194 calling of the Right of Return of all refugees. It also called, among various demands, for compensating the refugees for their losses and for their “economic and social rehabilitation.” Millions of refugees are still displaced in various refugee camps as Israel continues to deny their internationally-guaranteed Right of Return to their homeland.

Other UN resolutions have demanded Israel’s withdrawal from Arab and Palestinian territories, but consecutive Israeli government continued to ignore the legitimate national and other basic rights of the Palestinian people.

Israel have constantly tried to thwart Palestinians from marking the Nakba Day. In 2001, the Israeli parliament passed the “Nakba Law” in an attempt to prevent Palestinians from marking the Nakba by cutting, withholding, or reducing funding to government institutions.

Despite the Israeli repression in order to crush the Palestinian peoples struggle, including the current brutal violation of international law of the Israeli military shooting down unarmed civilians, adding to the Israel state’s list of crimes against humanity. The Palestinians continue to tenaciously resist the ongoing dispossession and brutal military occupation in their fight for human and civil rights, justice, freedom and return.

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